Wednesday, August 26, 2009

On The Eigth Day

I blogged, and it was good...

I rolled off the Fall Creek Falls Olympic into my heaviest training week of the year. Invariably, if you don't tell Liz that such and such is an "A" race, you train right through it. She's really good at keeping the eye on the prize. Your prize. Your goals.

With soccer season in full swing, I have/had three weekends of soccer tournaments in a row, all of which, I am reffing. I needed to move my training schedule around to accommodate a weekend in Auburn, Alabama. Necessity found me back in the pool Monday night. It wasn't so bad. Swimming three days in a row was tiring, but my body handled it. I followed this up with an easy recovery ride on Tuesday, and a short run on Wednesday, in preparation for my half-epic bike training ride on Thursday.

The plan called for four hours. I jiggled some stuff around at work, which allowed me to come in at noon. I hit the road at 7 AM sharp. Pulled my twenty minute intervals with ten minutes rest, and after the second one, found myself 37 miles from home. Not worry, I thought. (can you hear me laughing?) On the way back, my body slowly disintegrated, until at mile 17, I was an amorphous blob of toast. Somehow, I found the energy to finish those last 17 miles. There's only one way to get home, right? I felt sick to my stomach driving home, and wondered if I would make it alive. I did, and it took a full two hours of drinking and eating before I felt normal again.

Friday, I was back in the pool for a long endurance type swim. The pool always feels wonderful on my legs. Then, it was off to Auburn for the tournament. I actually drove down Saturday morning. I stayed at the fields all day and got in a good bit of running. There was a day, long long ago, where I would have worked out on top of my referee-ing. Not so much anymore. After two days of reffing, my legs were really hurting.

Busy, busy, busy... Leading into a recovery week... Booyah! Leading into another soccer tournament (I only have four games all weekend, and most of those are the younger kids).

Good luck to all my peeps racing Iron this weekend! I'll be watching.

Wes

18 comments:

triguyjt said...

how much do you figure you run in a match??

Wes said...

John, I run 2-3 miles when I run the line. In the center, I'll do 3-5 miles, depending on the age and quickness of the match.

Molly said...

Nice job on the training week! I'm going to have to juggle a little myself (hopefully just really early mornings) the next couple weekends with the last 2 agility trials of the year. It doesn't help when you have to drive an hour each way to these things and then sit around all day waiting for your 30 seconds in the ring! They need pools and nice bike paths near trial sites, I should tell them that.

Chad Aaron Sayban said...

Enjoy the recovery week. You've earned it!

Gotta Run..Gotta Ride said...

I am cherishing my "down time" when I can sneak it in these days.

btw - great race!! I would count it a PR.

next time we will plan in advance for a meet up on the Silver Comet.

Missy said...

Ref'ing totally counts, mileage and speedwork, I say! Back on the wagon for Augusta, woohoo.

Michelle said...

Wes your pretty awesome! I kid you not. Very inspiring to me. You do so much more than I do workout wise. I need to take a lesson from you!!

*burp*

teacherwoman said...

holy cow that is a lot of running while reffing. Geez!

Enjoy your recovery week, dude! High five!

Kevin said...

Great job on the training sounds like a pretty busy week

Stef said...

YES! Have a great rest week!

LBTEPA said...

Such a lot of training! Well done Fit Man!

Darrell said...

love the blob of toast imagery. Sorry you had to go there, though.

Shannon said...

Recovery Week....O - What - Will- You- Do - With - Yourself?

Carolina John said...

Buckle up virginia! we all have a ton of training to do. a heavy week is a challenge that you can totally conquor with confidence. Keep your eyes on the prize! (I should take my own advice)

Jess said...

Definitely sounds busy!

Smithposts said...

What a week! Sounds like you are ready for that recovery...enjoy!!

Juls said...

Nice juggling act. I like how you're mixing it all up.

Stuart said...

Four games in a weekend! Ouch!